Effective Solutions to Troubleshoot And Fix Error Code 43 Mac

Mac is the only OS that is used in Apple devices and due to its exclusive features, it is being used widely used by many people. There are certain problems that Mac users often confront, error code 43 is one of them. This error code does not allow its users to transfer or remove files from or to their owned devices. If you are struggling with the error code 43 Mac, then studying this article will be helpful for you. 

This article contains all the essential information that you need to know to solve the matter efficiently. Go through this article thoroughly to grab the complete information regarding error code 43.

Most of the users are enquiring about the causes which lead to this error. To know the answer to this query, check out the further sections.

The error message that displays on the screen is “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”.

What are the Possible Causes of the Error Code 43 on Mac?

There are several causes that result in the error code 43 on Mac, and those are as follows:

  • Use special characters (@,#,$…) on the file name.
  • Working with a file that is in use or isn’t fully downloaded.
  • Presence of no shared point for the chosen file (Finder cannot access the file)
  • A problem with your device’s hard drive.

Calling an expert will be the best option to fix the Mac error code 43. But if you like to try the fixes on your own, then proceed with the below methods. 

Studying the methods beforehand will get you the better result while you are following them accordingly.

How to Fix Error Code -43 Mac? Complete Guidance

The solutions that we have mentioned here to fix the error code 43 are very simple as well as easy to execute. Try them one by one until you get the issue resolved.

Solution 1: Ensure No Presence of Special Characters (@, #, $…) in the File Name

The foremost task that you need to follow is if you get the “Error code -43” message while deleting or transferring a file, then ensure that no special characters are present on the file name. 

To check the file name details, you need to double-click on the file name.

In case, if you find any special characters in the file name, then this is the culprit that returns you the error code 43 on Mac while transferring or removing a file.

If this is the situation, then you need to edit the file name by removing the special character(s) from it.

Hopefully, this method will get you a positive result. However, if there is no presence of the special characters on the file name and you are getting the error, then try further solutions.

Solution 2: Utilize “Force Quit” to Stop the Finder Application

Like all other applications “Finder” does not have the Quit option, instead, you need to follow another method. 

The steps for it are as follows:

  1. At first, click on the Apple logo.
  2. After that, under the Apple logo options, select “Force Quit”.
  3. Now, scroll down the Force Quit Applications window, until you get the Finder option.
  4. Select Finder, and then click on the Force Quit option.

Hopefully, this method will get you the desired result that is the error code 43 on Mac will not return back while transferring or deleting a file on your device.

Solution 3: Run the Disk Utility Tool

Disk Utility is the built-in tool on Mac using which you can resolve the error 43 efficiently. To run the Disk Utility tool, you need to follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Open the Disk Utility window

First of all, close all the open windows on your device and then click on the Apple logo that is present at the top left part of your screen. 

Next, under the expand Menu list, select the Restart option. Now, wait until your system turns on.

Once the Mac windows open, keep pressing the Command and the letter R key altogether until you see the Apple logo on the screen. Now, from the open window, click on “Disk Utility” and then select the Continue button.

Step 2: Run First-Aid for the Disk

After that, from the left-hand side panel, you need to select the disk in which the file (with which you are facing the problem) is located. After you have selected the file, click on the First-Aid tab that is present near the top portion of the window. 

Further, click on “Continue” to continue. It will start scanning your selected disk. If an error is detected by the scanning and it tells that your disk is about to fail, then the best option to fix the issue is to back up the overall files that you can.

Next, click on Run. In case, if the Disk Utility tool reports that there is no issue found, then you can exit the tool freely. 

However, if an error is detected, you will get the related message on the screen. Now, click on the “Show Details” button to know about the causes in detail.

Step 3: Solve Overlapped Extent Allocation

If you get the “overlapped extent allocation” error after clicking on the Show Details button. then the best option to solve the problem is to delete the detected file if it is not utterly important.

However, if the detected file is important, then open the file to see if the file is corrupt or not. If the file is shown corrupted, then you need to backup your file and format your disk.

Solution 3: Reset PRAM or NVRAM

Resetting the Parameter Random Access Memory or Non-volatile Random Access Memory solves many of the common problems on Mac. 

To solve the error code 43, try to utilize this process. The steps to perform this task are as follows:

  • At first, close all the open programs and then shut down your Mac PC normally.
  • Next, during the PC completes the restarting process, locate the Command, Option, and the letter P and R keys on your keyboard.
  • Now, as your PC turns on, press both the keys (Command+Option+P+R) altogether, and keep them hold until you see the Grey Startup screen. 
  • You will hear a startup sound three times during the process. It indicates that the reset PRAM or NVRAM is successfully done.

In case, if you did not hear a startup sound three times, then you need to repeat the above process once more. 

If this method solves the problem then good, or else do not worry and try the further solution.

Solution 4: Delete Locked Files

One of the main causes responsible for error code 43 on Mac is the presence of locked files on your Mac device. 

If this is the case, then trying this method will get the problem resolved. The steps to go through are as follows:

Firstly, open up the “Utilities” window on your Mac device and then, under the utility window, click on Applications. After that, under the Applications expanded options, select “Utilities”. Further, from the Utility list, select “Terminal”.

In the Terminal window, enter the command as given below. Exactly, as it is shown here.

chflags -R nouchg

Next, click on the Return button to execute the command.

Further, empty the Trash. To do it, you need to double-click on the Trash icon at first, to open up the window. Next, to select the overall item under the Trash window, tab the Command key along with the letter A.

After selecting all the files, drag to Terminal to delete the locked files completely. Hopefully, this method will get you an effective result.

Solution 5: Delete All DisplayState.plist File

After trying all the above methods hopefully, you will get the issue resolved. If not, then go for this method. Sometimes, this method works in fixing the error code 43. 

The steps to perform this solution is very easy and are as given below:

First of all, you need to locate the file and then right-click on it. Next, under the Menu window, select “Show Package Contents”. Now, in the next window, you will get three options: Media, Resources, and Alternatives.

Under the Alternatives and the Resources folders, locate DisplayState.plist and remove all the files of the same name.

Note: As a safety, it is better to drag all the files which you are going to delete on the window.

By removing all the said files, hopefully, you will get the issue resolved.

All these are the complete solutions that you can try to eliminate error code 43 on Mac. Hopefully, after trying a few or all of the solutions, you will get the issue fixed. You can also opt to contact a technician to fix the problem efficiently.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa